Pili Pala Childrenswear Blog http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog The complete Pili Pala childrenswear blog. en-gb Copyright 2009, Pili Pala. All rights reserved. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:32:19 GMT <![CDATA[Shop Local]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/big-p/shop-local/72/blog.aspx

For the last 8 months Pili Pala has been working out of a little shop called Bro-Mor in Aberystwyth. As well as stocking Pili Pala organic childrens clothes Broc-Mor also stocks a small range of gifts, cushions and jewellery. A customer recently told me that our shop is like a sweet shop for adults. That made me smile.  As the horror stories on yet another high street shop closing down continue, I am pleased to say that our little shop so far is doing ok. As mentioned, it is only a small shop, but the local people of Aberystwyth and the tourists that visit seem to like us being here and we in turn are ever so grateful for their custom. As much as I embrace the age of shopping on-line, there is still something irreplaceable about coming into a little independent shop. It usually smells nice (depending on type of shop of courser) and staff aren't afraid to say hello and actually offer to help. Broc-Mor likes to offer little extras as well...for example gift wrapping and personalised gifts at no extra charge. Love and attention is constantly given, ensuring that stock looks fresh and caters to our customers needs and wants. This makes a difference. The need for people to shop local has never been more pressing in some ways and with out local support little Broc-Mor just couldn't survive. However, local support must also be earned..we can't just throw a pile of rubbish on the shelves and expect people to buy it... careful chosen stock of good quality for a fair price and first class service is demanded by our customers and rightly so. If not, be prepared to lose out to Google.

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Thu, 03 May 2012 12:35:29 GMT
<![CDATA[We Won!!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/we-won--/71/blog.aspx Wed, 08 Feb 2012 12:32:18 GMT <![CDATA[What's up?]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/what-s-up-/70/blog.aspx Judging by the date of our last Blog entry, I need to start off with an apology for leaving it so long! I suppose in many ways its a good sign. Pili Pala has been busy!! 2011 proved to be a year of growth and change and I am really proud of what we have achieved since starting the company two years ago.


So what's on the cards for Pili Pala Childrenswear 2012? For starters, we are kicking off the new year with a new collection! Our Fifth collection sees the return of our trademark stripes! Now two versions are available: thin stripes in red and grey organic cotton jersey, plus our chunky stripes in our beloved organic velour in new shades of blue and light blue. We are also really excited to introduce organic cross weave in shades of red and blue, plus very cute organic gingham! Not to mention some AMAZING Welsh merino wool slippers! New styles include button front dresses and dungarees as well as besting selling jumpsuits being continued. The result? A very special collection that offers consumers and retailers more choice. And I didn't even mention that we still manufacture everything in a beautiful converted farmyard led by the fab Bob and Lynne! Gosh...Pili Pala rocks! I can say that can't I??? In a humble way! :) Seriously though folks...thanks for making 2011 so great. Your support and belief in our beautiful clothes makes me all the more determined to prove that 2012 will be even better!



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Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:32:43 GMT
<![CDATA[Sugar and Spice]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/eco-chic/sugar-and-spice/69/blog.aspx  This one goes out to all you little girls out there! Pili Pala would like to introduce our new girlie girl dresses! Our brand new bluebell print makes its mark on our loveable so soft pink organic long sleeved dresses...perfect for everyday casual wear. We have also introduced our beloved bird and bird houses print to this season's shade of  organic teal. Both dresses feature our signature chocolate brown trim...just enough to give it that Scandinavian edge we are so fond of!  Team these organic girl dresses up with sandals, trainers or indeed barefoot for summer fun and when the weather isn't playing ball...a pair of Pili Pala leggings will do just nicely thank you!

As always...Pili Pala is passionate about how are clothes are made. These dresses along with all our garments are made and designed in Wales with love. Here's to lazy summer fun ahead!

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Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:02:08 GMT
<![CDATA[We're going to the Eisteddfod]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/road-trips/we-re-going-to-the-eisteddfod/68/blog.aspx Come over and say hi to us at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Swansea.  We'll be there all week on stand 93-94. 


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Thu, 26 May 2011 14:39:52 GMT
<![CDATA[Pili Pala Hits the Road!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/road-trips/pili-pala-hits-the-road-/67/blog.aspx Well folks its that time of year when Pili Pala likes to stretch our legs and dust the winter cob webs off our shoulders! We are getting ready to hit the road! First stop...the Royal Welsh Spring Fair this weekend 21st and 22nd May.  The Royal Welsh is located in an otherwise sleepy town known as Builth Wells...in Mid Wales..most famous for The Royal Welsh Show held every summer. The Spring Fair is a smaller affair but is a fun day out for the whole family...especially if the sun is shining! Fingers crossed! This year Pili Pala will be tagging on to the Green Horizons Exhibition located in the  Montgomery Pavilion and we are really excited!! We love doing these type of shows. It is such a great way to personally meet your customers, get great feedback and make new friends and contacts!  


It goes with out saying that our lovely organic childrens clothes will be going with us! Our sunny organic  T's, dresses and cosy velours all essentials for this time of year bring colour and fun to such events and we can't wait! 



Wish us luck and hope to see you there!


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Thu, 19 May 2011 11:57:17 GMT
<![CDATA[Pass it on!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/pass-it-on-/66/blog.aspx Tue, 08 Mar 2011 10:08:06 GMT <![CDATA[Sharing the love on Valentine’s Day!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/sharing-the-love-on-valentine-s-day-/65/blog.aspx On this day for lovers, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and tell you that we think you’re great!

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Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:13:02 GMT
<![CDATA[Good news!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/good-news-/64/blog.aspx Great news!  Berith, the founder of Pili Pala Childrenswear has been nominated for an award!

 

We’ve just been told that Berith has been nominated for a Business Mum Award with Mums Club – fingers crossed she wins!

 

Well done Berith – we’re proud of you!

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Sun, 13 Feb 2011 21:57:24 GMT
<![CDATA[Sneak a peek at our new collection]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/sneak-a-peek-at-our-new-collection/63/blog.aspx


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Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:19:29 GMT
<![CDATA[New collection to be launched at Bubble London]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/new-collection-to-be-launched-at-bubble-london/62/blog.aspx Press Release

 

Organic children’s clothing company Pili Pala Childrenswear will launch its Autumn Winter 2011 range, the company’s fourth collection, at Bubble London in January.

 

Building on the established collection of comfortable, ethical and environmentally sustainable clothes for fashion conscious children; the new range features exciting and colourful pieces in which are trans-seasonal, unisex and, above all, fun.

 

New styles being added to the collection for Autumn Winter 2011 include fleece lined hoody jumpers, limited edition organic cord dresses, cosy toes baby leggings, a stylish empire line dress and a new style of trousers.  The current collection of long and short sleeved t-shirts, leggings, babygros, underwear, blankets, bibs, hats, bubble hem dresses, jumpsuits and shorts will also be expanded to include new colours and fabrics.

 

New colourways and fabrics

The new collection features strong pieces in vibrant new colourways - items in soft pink, deep purple and striking teal are introduced.  The bold red, navy and red stripes and the chocolate brown colours which form part of the Pili Pala family will also feature strongly in the new collection with popular pieces being carried over from the SS11 collection.

 

Organic corduroy and fleece are being introduced to add warmth and a greater variety to the collection which already includes the softest organic cotton and velour pieces.  Maintaining the company’s strong environmental stance, all fabrics used within the Pili Pala range are organic or a mix of organic and recycled materials.

 

Pattern and print

A new addition to the printed fabrics is a quirky and cute bluebell print which adds an exciting twist to the pink cotton range.  The bird and bird house print, introduced during the Autumn Winter 2010 collection and loved by Pili Pala fans, features prominently in the new collection and will be available across a the whole range.

 

Commenting on the launch of the new range, Berith Lochery, founder of Pili Pala Childrenswear said “I’m truly excited by the new pieces included in our Autumn Winter 2011 collection; designing them has been a very rewarding experience.  Responding to customer comments and suggestions, we’ve introduced items in pink, teal and purple with highlights of chocolate brown and fantastic new prints.  I hope that our new collection will stand out from the crowd and ensure that we continue to provide comfortable and fashionable clothing for kids which are ethically sound.”

 

Berith continues: “Since the launch of our first collection in 2009, the feedback from our customers and fans has been extremely positive.  Our customer base has grown substantially and we’re increasingly servicing a global market with a greater number of international stockists. From initial discussions with retailers, our new collection is destined to hit all the right notes.”

 

All of Pili Pala’s clothes are produced using organic fabric and ethical processes.  Designed and manufactured in the UK, the garments are a fantastic combination of sensational style and comfortable clothing which are produced without compromising on ethical or environmental standards.

ENDS


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Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:19:13 GMT
<![CDATA[The Big B]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/the-big-b/61/blog.aspx

It is that time of year for Pili Pala when we are getting ready to launch our new collection for trade. Needless to say it is an exciting but stressful time for us. Our new collection usually makes a début at a trade show and for the 3rd time running, this trade show will be Bubble, London.  The lead up to this event is quite immense. Not only does it not come cheap, but there is always a fear that no one will like the collection or almost worse no one comes to the stand! Its kind of like having one those anxiety dreams where you turn up to an event with no clothes on! No??? Maybe that's just me then!

Putting fears of not turning up dressed aside, I am really proud of our new collection. For the first time ever, Pili Pala will be introducing pink into a collection. If you have followed our previous collections then you will understand that this is BIG news ! Now for all you pink haters out there...don't worry...trust me...we wouldn't just do ordinary pink would we???!

In case you are a retailer reading this...short orders will be available on the new collection, which means for all you shoppers out there and providing the buyers like the new collection (fingers crossed!)  you will be able purchase this wonderful new PINK stuff this spring / summer!

Retail bit again: We will be at Bubble, London on the 30th & 31st January, stand VD4. Come see the PINK stuff!!

Wish us luck!!!

Ps. If you are new to Pili Pala...Pili Pala specializes in organic kids clothing all made by wonderful hard working people in Wales!


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Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:35:58 GMT
<![CDATA[Toby]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/big-p/toby/60/blog.aspx  Every once in a while, we like to share what our customers think of us and this one from Emily really touched us. It makes all the hard work worth it! So thanks again Emily! Toby...you look delicious!!

"Received my order on Saturday and the trousers are just gorgeous! I'm so impressed. Have enclosed a pic of my toddler Toby wearing them. We don't have a lot of money but where possible we like to buy British, or local, and support uk businesses to try and be ethical. With so much low quality clothing coming into stores, dirt cheap, it's great to see someone like you making such funky clothes! My Grandma is from Powyss too! :-) I will spread the word amongst friends, and keep an eye out for your sales! Emily x"

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Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:51:03 GMT
<![CDATA[A reason to be cheerful this January!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/a-reason-to-be-cheerful-this-january-/59/blog.aspx Like a lot of people this time of year, you might be feeling a bit over consumed! These days holiday gift shopping starts earlier and earlier and the high street seems to be endlessly promoting one sale after another. It is easy to feel confused and stressed out about what to buy people. So, by the time January rolls around and we have gotten over the shock of how much we have spent on loved ones, the last thing we want to hear about is another sale! It is with this in mind that I promise to make my pitch quick! The Pili Pala Winter Sale is now on! Save up to 50% on selected items!

Now...what I hear you asking makes our sale different to all the others? Well it is quite simple.. Pili Pala is an exclusive childrenswear brand all lovingly made by great people in  Wales and England. Not only are you getting quality organic kids clothes for a bargain price on selected items, but you are helping to support independent businesses that can not compete with the giant retail chain stores and their BIG sales! A reason to be cheerful indeed!

 

 

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Wed, 05 Jan 2011 19:49:42 GMT
<![CDATA[Very Berry Christmas!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/very-berry-christmas-/58/blog.aspx A Big Thank you to all our customers who have made our first year so special. Wishing you all a truly cosy Christmas and a great New Year. Here's to a happy and healthy 2011!

And what a better way to kick off the New Year by introducing our wonderful raspberry red and navy collection. All of these kids clothes are made from 100% organic cotton and made by some very special people in North Wales. Thanks Bob and for doing such a great job on this collection. Not an untidy stitch insight! As with all our kids clothes, these pieces have been road tested by tough talking, walking toddlers. The result...after several washes the colours have stayed bright and shrinkage minimal. So..if you are looking for something different than what your local M&S have to offer check out our new organic striped, T's, leggings and dresses...and just for the sheer fun of it...check out our red and navy A front organic pants for boys! I dare you not to laugh!

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Sun, 19 Dec 2010 20:59:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Win! Your child’s fingerprint in solid silver!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/win---your-child-s-fingerprint-in-solid-silver-/57/blog.aspx Little Silver Touches, a fantastic jewellery company also based in Wales, is providing the competition prize for us this month.

 

Little Silver Touches produces a wide range of bespoke jewellery which incorporates your child’s fingerprint or footprint into a stunning keepsake which you can add to a necklace, key-ring or just about anything!

 

To be in with your chance of winning a silver charm of your child’s fingerprint on either a circle, heart, square or oval shape charm simply add a comment to our facebook page or blog before 31st December 2010.

 

If you can’t wait for the competition - have a look at their website for some fabulous gift ideas.

 

Congratulations to Anne from Harrogate who was the lucky winner in our competition with Siop Inc and won the door sign for her daughter, Emily

 

 

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Fri, 03 Dec 2010 21:20:22 GMT
<![CDATA[Getting to know our Pili Pals – Babi Pur]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/getting-to-know-our-pili-pals---babi-pur/56/blog.aspx

We’re really proud of our stockists.  They really care about children, the environment and our clothing.  Babi Pur is one such company which sells Pili Pala clothing online and in their lovely Porthmadog store.

 

The company was established in 2007 by husband and wife team Peter and Jolene.  Following the birth of their first daughter, Harriet,  they found city life quite challenging and decided to leave the insurance companies they worked for and return to Jolene’s home town of Porthmadog.

 

Inspired by their daughter and the need to ensure she was dressed in ethically produced clothing and played with toys that would stimulate and educate her without damaging the environment,  they set up an internet company sepecialising in ethical babywear, childrenswear and accessories.  2007 was a particularly busy but exciting year for Peter and Jolene as Isobelle, their second daughter was born and cemented their belief that children should be brought up in a world which encouraged fair trade.

 

If you’re looking for a gift for someone special, or fancy a peek at their shop, take a look at their online shop.

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Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:31:27 GMT
<![CDATA[All the fun of the fair!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/road-trips/all-the-fun-of-the-fair-/55/blog.aspx On Monday evening we ventured out in the cold for our annual sensory overdose at the Fair.  Every November the fair visits Aberystwyth and we go along for an evening of fun.

 

We drink in the air which is heavy with the heady smells of hotdogs, fried onions, hot sugar and donuts.  We go from one ride to another, trying not to be scared by the speed and height achieved by some of the rides.

 

The flashing lights, loud music and shrieks of excitement all contribute to an evening where our kids are jumping up and down, pleading for us to let them have ‘just one more go’.

 

It’s hardly an organic experience, but for one night of the year, we think it’s great! 

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Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:39:45 GMT
<![CDATA[Spot on!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/spot-on-/54/blog.aspx

We’re getting ready for Children in Need day tomorrow!  We have spotty outfits and spotty cakes all ready for our fundraising efforts with Pudsey and Blush.    We even have some spotty teddy ears which look really quite attractive!

 

The welfare of children is naturally very close to our hearts here at Pili Pala Childrenswear so we’re really looking forward to getting involved and raising some money for children’s causes here in the UK.

 

So, what do you have planned?  Sponsored silence?  A fancy dress party?  A bake off?  Let us know what you’re planning and keep sending in your photos.  We’d love to see what you get up to, the most innovative fundraising efforts and how much you manage to raise for this worthy cause.

 

Most important of all though is to make sure you dig deep.  Please take a minute and visit the BBC’s Children in Need web page and, if possible, please make a donation. 

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Thu, 18 Nov 2010 22:23:54 GMT
<![CDATA[What's new?]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/eco-chic/what-s-new-/53/blog.aspx  We have some rather exciting news! We're launching our 2011 collection today! Yippee! We're working with one of our fabulous local stockists, Jac-do in Aberaron, and holding a launch event at their shop tonight. Customers and fans of Pili Pala are all welcome to join in the fun - champagne corks will be flying! Amongst the new range are some seriously cute outfits, starting with the all important organic underwear available in either organic red cotton or organic red and navy cotton with a yellow trim (so cool we want some grown up ones too!). Other new additions include dungarees and a dungaree dress, a cosy blanket, snug velour jumper and some really rather trendy baby vests and babygros. Our collectiin is being rolled out to stores as we speak and the full collection will be available on our website in February. Can't wait that long for one of our new velour jumpsuits? Need one now? Drop us a line and we'll put you in touch with one of our stockists. Getting back to the serious business of our launch ( we're always serious about having fun!). If you're lucky enough to be in the Aberaeron area today, pop in to Jac-do for a glass of bubbly, a slice of cake and a peek at our new collection -it'd be great to see you there!

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Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:46:05 GMT
<![CDATA[Happy Halloween!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/happy-halloween-/52/blog.aspx

BOO!  Did we scare you?  No?  Didn’t think so.  We’re more Casper the Friendly Ghost than Nightmare on Elm Street over here!

 

We’ve had a great time this Halloween.  We’ve been pumpkin carving, dressing up as witches, vampires and ghosts and had friends over for a spooky tea.  We’ve been apple bobbing, trying to grab sweets from the top of flour mountains using our mouths (and getting covered in flour in the process), telling scary stories and generally having a great time.

 

After the sugar rush of today, we’re planning on turning the glut of pumpkins we have into some tasty pumpkin soup – ideal as a warming lunch on these cold days. Yum!

  

Hope you’ve had a great Halloween.  Keep sending in your spooky photos, we always love receiving them.  You can also post them to our Facebook page!

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Sun, 31 Oct 2010 21:03:10 GMT
<![CDATA[Hooray for Half Term!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/road-trips/hooray-for-half-term-/51/blog.aspx Yippee!  It’s half term.  No school runs. No uniforms. No packed lunches. Lie-ins! OK, if you’ve managed to figure out the last one please let us know – ours have been up since the crack of dawn and don’t quite understand the concept of ‘please let mummy sleep just a little longer’!

 

So, what have you planned for the week ahead? We’re hoping to have a jam packed week of fun activities.  But we’re kicking off the week with a very civilised cup of coffee in our local arts centre.  Aberystwyth Arts Centre is the largest arts centre of its kind in Wales and we love the fact that it’s on our doorstep.  Today is the launch of their Christmas fair (yes, we know it’s only October, but come on, Christmas will be here in 62 days)!

 

This year, the Christmas fair is better than ever.  There’s a whole host of local and Welsh suppliers there from organic honey, funky photographs, crafty presents and some rather delightful organic childrenswear – we have a stall!  We also have some very special additions to our collection at the fair which include our new organic cotton birdprint babrygro, organic vest and hat in baby blue.  Another addition is our brown and green velour babygro (also organic cotton and recycled fabric) – imagine a mini version of one of our jumpsuits and you won’t be far off.  They do come with a health warning – they’re so cute they’ll make you very broody!

 

So, if you’re in the vicinity, or even fancy a daytrip over to West Wales, call over to the Arts Centre for coffee and a cake you won’t be disappointed with the cake or clothes selection, we promise! 

 

PS Don’t worry if you can’t make it over here just yet, the fair goes on until Christmas and the babygros will be available online before too long!

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Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:18:12 GMT
<![CDATA[Quack Quack]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/quack-quack/50/blog.aspx We just had to share this brillant review of our organic bird print T shirt. It truly made our day. Thanks Marius!

“I’d chosen a In the Night Garden top that my mum had bought my daughter for her to wear today. She refused point blank saying ‘quack quack’. I thought she’d lost the plot until she went and pulled ...out your birdprint top and started to put it on. She never turns down the opportunity to wear Night Garden clothing! You’re bigger and better than my daughter’s favourite TV programme!”

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Tue, 19 Oct 2010 20:15:15 GMT
<![CDATA[Northern charm!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/northern-charm-/49/blog.aspx There’s something special about the Rheged Centre in Cumbria.  An award winning day out, it’s also Europe’s largest grass covered building.  Designed to resemble a Lakeland hill, the centre is home to 10 shops, outdoor and indoor play areas, craft workshops, a conference centre, a 3D digital cinema and the all important cafe. 

 

The shops at Rheged take pride in stocking things that are a little bit different and offer a choice of products that aren’t found on many high streets.  Their newly refurbished children’s store has just become that little bit more special as they’ve become one of our stockists.  Rheged is also the first store to receive delivery of our 2011 collection – a mix of rich red outfits and vibrant red and navy stripes.  The kids of Cumbria are looking mighty fine in their trendy outfits.

 

So, the next time you’re heading to the rolling hills of Cumbria, or if you’re lucky enough to live there – pop in to the Rheged centre for a cuppa and some quality retail therapy!  

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Thu, 14 Oct 2010 20:21:26 GMT
<![CDATA[Bonkers about Conkers!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/bonkers-about-conkers-/47/blog.aspx We’re busy collecting conkers this week.  We spend ages scavenging through leaf litter under the huge Horse Chestnut trees to find the spiky green balls.  Minding our fingers we carefully peel back the prickly shell to reveal the brown shiny seed. It’s one of the great joys of autumn!  We don’t know about you, but we also love wandering through the woods, collecting bright orange leaves to make collages and running through the puddles of leaves everywhere.  When the rain stays away, it’s a great time to be outside don’t you think?

 

So, back to conkers.  We’re out and about searching for the biggest, fattest ones. We then line them up and select our best ones ready for a conker battle.  By the way we’re not allowing any sneaky tactics involving vinegar dunking or nail varnish to harden them! We’ve just been making a hole through the middle(ish) and threading shoelaces through them before going for gold and taking it in turns, walloping each other’s until someone wins!  Great fun!

 

Go on, send us your conker battle photos to news@pilipalachildrenswear.com

 

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Tue, 05 Oct 2010 12:20:34 GMT
<![CDATA[Pyjama Drama!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/pyjama-drama-/46/blog.aspx Great news!  We’ve teamed up with our friends at Pyjama Drama to give away a fantastic Pili Pala outfit.

One lucky person will win either a complete girl’s outfit (brown velour organic bloomer trousers, matching brown velour hoody and organic cotton butterfly logo long sleeved t-shirt) or a boy’s outfit (brown velour organic slash neck jumper with matching trousers and organic cotton bird print long sleeved t-shirt).

To enter, drop them an email, send them a tweet or add a comment to their Facebook page. Be quick though, the competition closes on October 8th.

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Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:09:46 GMT
<![CDATA[The great outdoors!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/the-great-outdoors-/45/blog.aspx The nights may be drawing in and there may be a nip in the air but the call of the great outdoors has never been louder.  With piles of leaves to run through and shiny brown conkers to collect it’s a great time to pull on some wellies and get out there!  Building a den or playing hopscotch on the pavement - hurtling around in the fresh air gets the blood pumping and blows away the cobwebs!

 

Playing outdoors is hugely beneficial to the physical and mental health of children of all ages yet there’s increasing evidence that we’re doing less of it.  We’re therefore lending our support to the Love Outdoor Play campaign – a great initiative which encourages people to get together within their communities and look for ways in which we can all help children play outdoors safely.

 

Daniel Raven-Ellison, one of the Love Outdoor Play’s organisers explains the aims of the campaign: “We are asking people to take a very simple action. Make or get a Love Outdoor Play sticker and put it up where you live or work. Research shows that in many communities we’re afraid of what other parents will think of us if we let our kids out to play or walk to school. By putting a sticker up you not only show that you support outdoor play but can start a conversation about how play can be improved for children where you live”.

 

So, come on, get involved, sign up, make a sticker and get out there and explore!

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Fri, 24 Sep 2010 08:21:09 GMT
<![CDATA[Win! Your name on the door!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/win---your-name-on-the-door-/44/blog.aspx Win! Your name on the door! We’re thrilled that Inc, our fantastic local bookshop in Aberystwyth, has kindly provided the prize for our competition.

In addition to a wide range of books, Inc also has a fantastic range of Welsh gifts - from slate frames and handcrafted notebooks through to trendy mugs and screen printed tea towels, there’s something for everyone! Check out their website or call in to see Angharad and the team at the shop on Bridge Street, Aberystwyth.

For your chance to win a name plate from a wide range of shapes, and with the name of your choice, simply send your name and the name of your child to us at news@pilipalachildrenswear.com by the 30th of September.

Good luck!

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Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:08:31 GMT
<![CDATA[Autumn treasures!]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/pili-pals/autumn-treasures-/43/blog.aspx

Apple chutney.  Baked apples.  Apple bobbing.  Apple pie.  Apple juice.  Cider! The autumn is a fantastic season.  One of our favourite activities is going out and collecting apples from a friend’s garden.  We’re lucky that we go out with empty baskets and bags and come home with a bountiful harvest of apples – almost too many to know what to do with!

 

Of all the things we could do with our autumnal treasure, our favourite is crumble.  Soft, juicy tangy apples topped with the deepest, crunchiest topping.  We then add a generous dollop of cinnamon cream on top. Scrummy!

 

Drooling yet?  If the thought of our big bowl of crumble is causing you to search for your wellies and a bag for your apple collection then we can save you some time in searching for a recipe and strongly recommend Jamie Oliver’s crumble  and our cinnamon cream.  We sometimes throw in some blackberries if we’ve been lucky enough to find them (or clever enough to freeze some from our earlier hedgerow shopping trip!).  To make our cinnamon cream simply mix together 150ml of whipping cream with a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon and a tablespoon of icing sugar.  Serve with the crumble and we bet that you’ll be in apple heaven! 

 

If you’re looking for suitable clothing for your kids to keep warm and cost on your apple hunt then our velour hooded top and velour jumper are both great with their handy pockets for hiding the extra apples!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:34:21 GMT
<![CDATA[Sneaky Preview]]> http://www.pilipalachildrenswear.com/blog/shop-talk/sneaky-preview/42/blog.aspx Hot off the press!!! Pili Pala's latest photo shoot for Spring/Summer 2011 finished on Saturday.What is it that they say....never work with children or animals!!?? Of course it rained right in the middle of the out door shoot and there were a few emergency trips to the loo's, split juice boxes and a bit of mud flinging...let's just say the kids had a blast and the grown -ups needed an extra glass of wine that night...but on the whole....we got it...the clothes look picture perfect. Thanks kids! For a bit of extra fun..we also filmed some behind the scenes which we will share with you very soon. 

Model Matilda wears Pili Pala organic T shirt in red and navy with matching leggings  and organic dungaree dress in raspberry red.

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Fri, 10 Sep 2010 16:46:17 GMT